This article describes how to increase the graphical precision of a CAMWorks simulation.
The Simulate Toolpath command creates a graphical representation of the material removed from the stock with the generated toolpath. The simulation allows one to view the material being removed from the stock while the tool follows the toolpath, as well as the final shape of the stock. The graphical accuracy of the simulation can change depending on several of the Simulation options. Increasing the graphical accuracy of the simulation shows a more accurate version of the final stock. Green sections of a simulated model represents an accurately cut version of the stock, blue sections include more material on the stock than the part model, and red sections represent too much material being cut from the stock.
If the simulation is processed using Turbo mode, the slider for Resolution needs to be set at the Quality end rather than the Speed end for a higher graphical accuracy. Setting the Resolution slider to the Quality end increases the image quality by increasing the numbers of facets used in CAMWorks. Setting the slider closer to the Speed end increases the speed of the simulation, but fewer facets are used, resulting in lower resolutions and low graphical accuracy. To set the Turbo mode Resolution to a higher Quality for a Toolpath Simulation, select the Options icon, which can be found on the right bottom corner in the Toolpath Simulation window. An image of the Options icon can be seen in the image below.
To increase graphical accuracy, set the slider under Turbo mode in the Resolution option to the far right. The image below shows the Simulation Options for Turbo mode Resolution set to Quality.
If the simulation is processed using Tool mode, the slider for Target part deviation needs to be set at the Quality end rather than the Speed end for a higher graphical accuracy. Deviation is used to approximate the target part for display and comparison purposes. The Speed end of the slider bar is the maximum deviation allowed. The Quality end is the minimum deviation allowed. To set the Tool mode Target part deviation to a higher Quality for a Toolpath Simulation, select the Options icon, which can be found on the right bottom corner in the Toolpath Simulation window, and place the slider to the far right. The image below shows the Simulation Options for Target part deviation set to Quality.
A graphically accurate simulation will verify the correct amount of material removed by the machine operations.